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Gabler | by Christian Hunold
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Bröffelsbusch, Detmold-Heidenoldendorf


This 4-point buck (Gabler) was keeping the doe company. Adult roedeer are smaller than first-winter whitetailed fawns, so short stalk wheat is effective cover for them.


f/4, 1/125, 400 mm, ISO 800


I saw them again forty-five minutes later. The sky had darkened and it was drizzling. Not ideal, but I got to within 20 meters of the grazing pair, unnoticed, and they were about to cross a footpath directly in front of me. I pointed the camera to where they'd cross and thought I'd get at least one portrait before they'd bolt. Not so. The buck was first to step on the path. He barely had a foot on the ground when he saw me crouched on the ground and dematerialized, or so it seemed! He stepped from cover and jumped 30 ft sideways back into the field in the same instant. Epic deer stalking fail! Image below.


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Taken on June 25, 2012